Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

A couple of weeks ago was homecoming and I probably should have posted this earlier but I was just too lazy to start. For you who don't know what homecoming is, it is specific for America and it's a week where you have dress up days and then a dance and also a homecoming football game. First of all it is a opportunity for already graduated students to come back for the game. Today it is so much more than that with the dress ups and there's also the coronation of homecoming king and queen. Not every school have homecoming the same week and every school have different homecoming traditions. I know some school have a powderpuff game which is when the girls play football and the guys coach, but we don't have that.

On Monday, which was the first day, it was western day for dress up and everyone came to school dressed in something that was western. Someone even came to school riding a horse and someone took their tractor. I wore a pair of blue jeans with a big buckle belt, a flannel shirt and I also borrowed Amanda's cowboy boots. With that I braided my hair. It was so much fun to come to school and see everyone dressed up, everyone went all in. Emma had even brought a horse mask. That day was also a JV and middle school football game which we went to after practice.

On Tuesday was spirit day so everyone dressed up in the school colors which is red and white. I wore one of the guys' football jerseys and just a pair of jeans. At every lunch that week we had games for Monday you had to make a solo cup fall of the table with the help of a balloon. On Tuesday you were supposed to be two people and one of the two had to roll a toilet paper roll from one side of the gym to the other and then back. The seniors was on field trip that day though so it was only us foreigners and none of the others wanted to play so I guess we got last. After school on Tuesday we had our homecoming volleyball game which was fun because the whole town came to watch us.

Wednesday was the class surprise day and we had chose "tourist" so I dressed up in a so called "Hawaii-shirt", a pair of jeans shorts, a bucket hat, crew socks pulled up as far as I possibly could and slides lol. When I got up to eat breakfast Jeff asked me if I wanted to speak at the Rotary Club meeting that day and I said yes so at lunch we went downtown to a restaurant called Sissy's and we got lunch and I basically talked about what Sweden is like and what made me decide on being an exchange student. It was fun and there were a lot of nice people there, people who actually wanted to know what my home country was like and what I thought about their little town. After that I went back to school and after school we had practice as usual.

Thursday was celebrity day and everyone dressed up as a celebrity one way or another. I of course had to represent my pride in my country and soccer so I dressed up as Zlatan Ibrahimovic even though no one knew who he was.

On Thursday night was also the coronation of the king and queen and the homecoming dance. Some schools have a really formal homecoming dance where they dress up and go together with a date but at my school everyone just went with jeans and a t-shirt. The coronation was from 7.30-8.00 and then the dance started at 8.30. Bailey and Jayd won homecoming king and queen by the way and they looked beautiful doing so. During the coronation the band played and the cheerleaders danced. They also announced everyone that played any sport so they called up all the volleyball players for example so we went out on the floor and everyone in the audience greeted us with applause. The dance was fun and unlike in Sweden everyone danced and there were also a bunch of slow dances throughout the night. Once again unlike in Sweden people actually danced even to slow songs. I danced with a couple of guys who asked me to dance. And it was fun because no one made it a big deal.

Here comes Friday, everyone dressed up in their assigned class colors, seniors had black and basically all we did was work on our floats for the homecoming parade that was taking place at 1pm on Main Street. Our class chose The Flintstones for our theme so we took a golf cart and put it on top of our trailer and we decorated it with a bunch of signs and characters from the show. Me, Jorgan and Cade were on the float dressed up as the characters and we through out candy for the kids. It was really fun and overall the homecoming week was probably the most I've had.

After school we had practice for awhile until we got to go home and get ready for the football game. Gregory's football team is really good and we are ranked number 1 in the state and with that said, we won our homecoming game which was awesome! The spirit was on top and everyone was super excited. '

Thanks to everyone who made this week the most memorable one of my life so far. I had a blast!!❤️ And once again I'm so sorry for the late post. Homecoming week was September 18-22.

I'll catch up you later!

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Matildas Exchangeyear, Everyday life

Today was October 1st and it's a Sunday so when we woke up we got ready for church. After church we got back home and Mya made us pancakes for lunch. At 1.30 pm Amanda said we were going to buy pumpkins. We drove about 15 minutes out of town to a farm where they had a bunch of pumpkins both big and small lined up for people to choose from. We picked out five big orange pumpkins for carving and a bunch of small decorative ones. It was so beautiful and super American. The leaves aren't now starting to turn orange and red and the air is getting colder.

When we got back I took a nap for a couple of hours before supper. Today Amanda and Jeff were volunteering at the movie theater so me and Mya went with them to see the movie playing this weekend which was "All saints". It is about a man who quit his job to become a pastor in a church that is just about to get shut down but he takes in a lots of farmer refugees so to save the church he starts a farm and sell the harvest. It was a good movie but now I'm back home and I'm dead tired so I'm going straight to bed.

Goodnight!

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

This morning my mom sent an old Facebook post to me. It was from exactly a year ago when me and her went to the EF information meeting in Stockholm. I find it kind of amazing how fast a year has went by and how it actually turned my whole world upside down (in a positive way). That day was the start of my adventure and I couldn't be more grateful. It just hit me today that this is actually my life now for a year.

I miss you all back home but I'll see you soon!❤️

Btw tonight was another win for the gorillas! Ranked #1 in the state!

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

So this weekend we grabbed all of our stuff and went to Black hills. On Friday there were a football against Rapid City Christians. Since it was a but up in the mountains it was 45° Fahrenheit which is approximately 10° Celsius. It was cold and I'm glad I brought my winter coat and on top of that I was taking pictures so I had to stand with my hand out the whole game and I was freezing my butt of.

Luckily the game ended at half time because we dominated the game and scored 52-0 in 24 minutes. After the game we hoped into our cars and we went to the cabin that we, Thomas's and Jurachek's had rented for the weekend. When we got there we went straight for the hot tub. There were a bunch of cabins in this area so all of the houses shared a "club house" which was a house with a pool, two hot tubs and a sauna. So in our frozen state we jumped into the hot tubs and stayed there for a couple of hours. At least until the college kids came and took over the place. 😅

When I woke up on Saturday I FaceTimed my mom and we talked for a while and at that time which was around 7am it was 32° Fahrenheit outside! We had biscuits and gravy for breakfast which was a first for me and it was amazing! Then we didn't do anything until around noon. At this time we were leaving to go to Mount Rushmore which was about an hour away. Sadly when we got there it was to foggy to see anything. We still walked the presidential trail where I actually saw the outline of president George Washington.

So instead we went down to Keystone which is the town closest to Mount Rushmore I think it's just 2 miles down the road. We ate lunch there and we looked around in some stores. After lunch we went back to the cabin and chilled for a couple of hours before supper. We also went to the hot tub for a while and then there were hamburgers ready for supper. We went to bed around 10 o'clock I think so we got a lot of sleep. The next day we got up at 8 since we had to be out of the cabin by 10 so we packed all of our stuff and then we just headed out. It was way better weather on Sunday so we went back to Mount Rushmore where we came across the next problem. There were soooo many people there so the line of cars was half a mile long! It took us 15 minutes to get 0.1 mile and we were not gonna wait for like 1.5 hours. I still got my pictures but from the side of the road, at least you could see all of them clearly.

We turned around and went straight for the mall. I was in some desperate need for shopping since this week is homecoming. I'm going to write a whole other post on that because that is an exciting topic! But anyway I also needed some jeans and other necessities. We shopped for a couple of hours and I went to target for the first time in my life. That's a huge thing! :) i got everything that I needed and then it was time to head home. Since it's a fours hour drive plus that we would loose one hours because of time difference we would get home pretty late.

I slept most of the ride home which was nice and when we got home it was time to start choosing my outfits for the week.

Stay tuned for more homecoming information! There will be more posts this week with a bunch of pictures!

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

Today, as it said in the title, we had picture day. So all of the classes had both individual and class pictures for the yearbook. I was in the picture with the juniors. I don't really know why but I guess it's kind of a big deal being a senior and they don't want some foreigner just jumping in the picture lol. Anyways everyone had dressed up for today and I wore a white blouse, black jeans a a pair of toms, I'll post a picture down below.

We had a class meeting today where we discussed stuff for the homecoming float. I'm so excited about homecoming which is next week. Also we are going to Rapid City on Friday for a football game and we are actually staying up in the hills for the whole weekend. I will get to see Mount Rushmore and other sights up there.

I'm feeling sweatpants for tomorrow but we'll se.:) I'll talk to you guys later, goodnight😌

In the first and third picture is me and Mollie, she is a senior. In the second picture is me and Aurora and she is another exchange student!

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

Yesterday started of with a color run actually. The juniors at our school arranged the thing as a foundraiser for our prom. Me and Emma went down there at 12:15 to run the track around the park and the baseball field. I think the track is 0.7 miles which is around 1 kilometer. The deal was that you had to pay 15 bucks to run and then you could run as many laps as you wanted. Since Emma is on the cross country team she started of strong. I tried to keep up but I failed miserably. I still ran three laps though and then I walked the fourth. The juniors that were there were staioned out around the track to throw color at the passers. By the time we were done we were splashed of different colors.

I got home and jumped straight in the shower. After that I had to hurry down to the audatorium to be there by 3.15 for our volleyball game against Wessington Springs. We had all three games, c-team, JV and varisty. Each game is played best out of three sets except varsity which is best out of five sets. I play front power when I'm in which is on the left side of the court and up at the net to hit. We won c-team and I was in both of the sets, so it was fun that I got to play a lot.

After that we had the JV game and usually I'm in the third set of that game if it goes that far but yesterday Ms. Kafka put me in the second game, not to start but I subbed in for Brilee when she got to the front row. I love it when they give me a chance to improve while with girls that are better than me. It's way more fun because the game is quicker and everyone knows what they are doing so can think of your own game instead of thinking of what everybody else are doing. We ended up winning that game too. 2/2 wins so far into the night. Next up was varsity and I'm not really there yet. ;) So for this game I was sitting on the bleachers at the student section cheering them on with all of ther other students from our school. Let's just say that I woke up with a sore throat. We were lit cheering the spikers on last night and as a reward for that we won!

Over all it was a great night with 3/3 wins and eveybody was pumped! Tomorrow starts another week of school and by the way I'm keeping EF's snapchat account for the week so if you are interested in following my year I will be posting a bunch of stuff on that account. It's @exchangestories if you wanna add it! For example I'm gonna show you our little trip up to Rapid City and the hills this weekend. We have a football game there on Friday and then we are staying in a cabin for the weekend. We are going to see Mount Rushmore and other sights in the city. That's it for this post and I'll talk to again later.

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Matildas Exchangeyear, Everyday life

Today is Monday and today I'm not in school. That's because here in America there's a day we call Labor Day and it's simply just to give people a day of of work and school. So we got a three days weekend to go camping.

We had our first home football game on Friday so we went to watch that. It ended in halftime because we were up by more than fifty points so we won 56-6. Now we could make it to the bonfire sooner. We went home for a couple of minutes before we were on the road again. We went to the same place as last time, sneak creek, right by the river. When we got here Jeff's cousin was already here and an hour or two later the Thomas's came and then also the Jurachek's.

We were lucky with the weather, the first day it was about 80 degrees (25° Celsius) and yesterday we had all the way up to 95 degrees (35° Celsius) so we spent both of our days by the river under the shade tents.

It has been a very much needed weekend. And I ended it today with a nap, some pizza and volleyball practice. Tomorrow I'm going back to school and we have a varsity volleyball game tomorrow to so I'm gonna go with and cheer them on.

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures in this post I just had to much fun to think about taking pictures ;)

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

I switched some classes around today so now instead of 11th grade English I have accelerated algebra 2 and instead of accelerated geometry 2 I have engineering. So I had to drop out of the 11th grade English in order to have algebra and guys I'm not a geometry person! Now I only have 10th grade English but that might not work because the class is called literature and speech so not English. I hope it'll work otherwise I'll just have to go back to my old schedule.

Tomorrow I'll have my second volleyball game. I don't know if I said that last time but I started in C-team and I also got to play a bit in JV (junior varsity) which was fun since I thought I was only gonna play C-team! This game is in Saint Francis which is a Native American reservation

Yesterday when we woke up we first went to church and when we got home we packed our stuff and went to the river for the day. Karli, my IEC had got all of us foreigners together for a really fun day at the beach in Chamberlain. One of the families had a pontoon boat which we used for waterskiing and kneeboarding. When we were done at the beach we went back to the camping ground where one of the families had their camper and we made hotdogs and hamburgers and some had brought cakes. On our way home we stopped by this huge statue I was barely taller than his foot!

Then it was Monday all over again and is I said I changed my schedule and I hope it works out. Wish me luck for tomorrow and I'll talk to you soon!

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Everyday life, Matildas Exchangeyear

Now it's three days since I started school here in America. We started of on Wednesday at 8.15 in the gym where Jeff (Mr. Determan in school) talked about some rules and stuff the principles talk about on the first day of school and then we were of to our first class. Since today was the first day we only had about 15 minutes in each class just to learn more about what the class was going to be about and get to know the teacher. My first class on A-days is English with Mrs Graber. I'm taking this English class with the juniors so I've gotten to learn a lot of new people. My next class is physics with Mr Murray. In my school English, math and sience is required so I had to take these subjects and also U.S. history since EF requires that. My third period is studyhall which is basically 1.5 hour class where you can do homework and other assignments. I have one hour studyhall before lunch and then I have half an hour more after lunch until I have my next class which is multi media and that's the yearbook class. Now in the beginning we just explore photoshop and learn how to work the program. I think that class is going to be fun and the assignments we are getting is to attend and photograph at least 2 events a quarter. I think we will get more assignments as we go but it's fun that I get to do my hobby as a class.

That's my A-days and in our school we also have B-days which means that every other day we have same classes. So instead of switching classes each semester we just have the same classes throughout the whole year but we have different classes every other day. After yearbook I continued to my first class of B-days which is U.S. History. My second class of the day is American literature also with Mrs Graber and after that I have my studyhall. Same goes for this one that I have the first hour before lunch and the last half hour after lunch. The lunch is always 30 minutes long. My last class is accelerated geometry with Mr. Myrmoe. That's probably my hardest class because of all the math words that I now have to relearn in English but I'm managing.

I like all of my classes and mostly I love all of my teachers. There's a different connection between the teachers and the students here versus back home. Here you have small talk with your teacher and you know your teacher on a whole other personal level than you do back home where you just have classes with that person and they are there to teach you about their subject nothing more. It makes it all more fun!

We finished school at 11.30 on Wednesday and then I went with Emma to eat lunch at the Homesteader. I had a cheese and bacon burger and it was delicious. After we ate we went to Emma's because we figured out we should play a round of golf so she got her stuff and then we headed out to the golf course. We played a couple of holes but we didn't get through all nine holes because we had to be at the gym at 3 for pictures with the volleyball team. Emma is in the cross country team and they also had pictures. So she dropped me of and I changed before I went down to the gym. I didn't do anything else for the rest of the night.

The next day I got out of bed at 7 o'clock and got ready for school. Thursday was the first full day of school and my first class was English so I went in to Mrs. Grabers room and we went through some rules and we got our books. American schools have a thing for homeworks and I got two homeworks on the first day but I got them done during the studyhall. For the second class which was physics we went through the basics and what the class will contain. We also did a lab where we had a ring stand with a string connected to it and a weight connected to the string. Then we were supposed to do a controlled experiment and change on factor and see how much that affected the time of the swing. We finished that assignment in studyhall. Next up was yearbook and we just messed around on photoshop.

After school I went home to change as fast as I could be down at the gym by 3:30 because that was when we were leaving for my first ever volleyball game. The game was in Kimball where we had had a football game the week before and it's like 1 hour away. All of us girls went on the buss. It wasn't three games that night. First up was the C-team where I started. We played three sets but we lost all of them. After that was the JV game and I actually got to play in the third set which was really fun but we lost that game too. Last up was the varsity game and I'm not in the varsity so I was on the bleachers cheering. The girls played really good but they still lost. It was fun though because no one was mad on the way home. The spirit was way up high and we were jamming the whole way home. We got home really late so I was dead tired the next day.

Yesterday we went to Parkston for the second football game but it turned out in a thunderstorm so the game got postponed till today so at five o'clock today we were back in the car on our way to Parkston. We won the game and isn't that the best way to celebrate me being in Gregory for a whole month!! My first month here in America has flown by and I couldn't be happier to be here.

To summarize everything it's been a really fun three first days of school. Nice to get back to all the routines. And also a great first month!

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